Sam Seitz

Last year I compiled a list of the best books I had read in 2018. The post proved to be pretty popular (even though it’s a fairly stereotypical kind of post this time of year), so I’ve decided to compile a list of my favorite books from 2019. Like last year, this post covers books I read in the past year, but not every book listed was published in 2019. So, in no particular order…

1. Fighting for Status: Hierarchy and Conflict in World Politics (by Jonathan Renshon)

2. NATO’s Conventional Defenses (by Stephen Flanagan)

3. Rising Titans, Falling Giants: How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts (by Joshua Shifrinson)

4. Leap of Faith: Hubris, Faith, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy Tragedy (by Mike Mazarr)

5. Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style (by Benjamin Dreyer)

6. Collision of Wills: How Ambiguity about Social Rank Breeds Conflict (by Roger Gould)

7. Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness (by Kenneth Pollack)

8. Empires of the Weak: The Real Story of European Expansion and the Creation of the New World Order (by J. C. Sharman)

9. The European Economy Since 1945: Coordinated Capitalism and Beyond (by Barry Eichengreen)

10. Mr. Kipling’s Army: All the Queen’s Men (by Byron Farwell)